'Seats to suit' is an excellent model, Scurrah should be looking closely at this. But VA won't ditch The Club, it lets them compete with Qantas for high spenders, corporate accounts etc. Without The Club they would lose a LOT of business. Spot on. If VA ditched the lounge there'd be a mad rush of c...Jump to post
I have no insight into VAs cost base but I do wonder if VA over services in international business, it seems above QF service levels, but does it command a higher yield? I think a simple Hybrid JetBlue style model could work for transcon, and domestic. Maybe even an NZ style seats to suite? - Get r...Jump to post
The AKL and SYD flights only stopped at Rio Gallegos on the westbound leg. For a short time it only went as far as AKL then SYD passengers took Ansett for the Tasman hop. I did this in 1996. When the A340 took over the Rio Gallegos stop ceased. In 2012 they dropped AKL and went nonstop to SYD. I did...Jump to post
I wonder if NZ would look at SCL as a destination in itself? V/F I guess it would be a challenging destination. LA dropping to 4 pw probably says something about the market. Also , you have the issue of connections from SCL so would rely heavily on O and D. Apart from people visiting Chile I'm not ...Jump to post
With LA's AKL - SCL flight dropping from 7x to 4x weekly from October, how much will this positively impact on NZ's AKL - EZE flight? For the first time, NZ will have the lead on frequencies between New Zealand and South America (5x weekly, versus LA's 4x weekly), helping boost attractiveness to co...Jump to post
If VA were smart they'd launch SFO or LAS or SEA or another gateway into the USA. We clearly have different definitions of "smart". Zero onwards traffic from SFO and LAS, so zero appeal to Delta. SFO already covered by Qantas and United ex-SYD and MEL so this is already highly competitive...Jump to post
A bit of well-placed gossip about VA international, which no I can't substantiate, but comes from sources who would know. A lot of bitterness between HNA and VA right now. It was expected Hong Kong Airlines would market and fill the HKG flights but VA feels they've been completely 'screwed over' (s...Jump to post
Are foreigners allowed to visit Ürümqi or is a special permission required? Not for Urumqi (I use the English way to write that name 8-) ) . For theTibet Autonomous Region yes (correct me if I am wrong), but not for Urumqi. In case anyone is wondering: Urumqi in Mandarin is pronounced, "Wulumu...Jump to post
CraigAnderson wrote:New definition of hell: over nine hours of Sydney-Tokyo in a narrowbody!
4. The number is getting (much) smaller, but there are still airlines that offer it. And as long as they do, I sure prefer those (or, even better, airlines that offer A340/330 or B767)... I am not speaking about Joe Blogs, I am speaking about myself. And I DO care and i DO notice... Keeping this re...Jump to post
DFW offers MORE connections via AA's megahub than ORD ever will. What does ORD offer that DFW doesn't though? Perhaps better connections to the NE and maybe through to central and eastern Canada? Plus ORD traffic can now travel longer on QF metal, making more money for QF. Let's not forget ORD's ow...Jump to post
What do you guys think about cabotage for Darwin and Broome? Would any foreign airline be interested if such rights were granted? I'd be shocked if there's a mad rush by foreign carriers to fly from Broome or Darwin domestically. Maybe Air Asia ? They could use it as a scissor hub. Darwin is reason...Jump to post
You can get some very good prices on VA/VS to LHR via either HKG or LAX. Some awful connection times. Improve the timings and it becomes a legitimate and desirable option to London. There are a lot of Velocity members in Australia.Jump to post
Does anyone have the schedule to MH's flights to Zagreb? I am really interested and curious about this one! Me too. You'd be surprised who flew there. Even Qantas did at one point! It's off topic but you'd be surprised by some of the old routes. I think there was a lot of demand to the Adriatic are...Jump to post
[quote="Lufthansa"]There was a whole stack of routes MH flew that didn't make a whole lot of sense. Just off the top of my head I can think of former routes like Penang to London, KUL-FCO/ARN/FRA/ZRH/CDG/AMS and I think even ATH and ZAG at one point. Not to mention LAX was also in the mix....Jump to post
Qantas received the last 6 744, as 744ER, ever produced for passengers so theirs are the youngest. There is no reason they can't fly until 2025. So you think the management is actively lying in their regulatory filing? jfk777 is not wrong, the aircraft easily have another 10 years of life in them, ...Jump to post
Most of the traffic on the New Zealand-SIN sector is connecting to/from Europe and Asia - very little is actually travelling to/from Singapore (there will be some stopovers of course). Given that, how could EK compete providing no connectivity in SIN to Asia, and becoming two-stop to Europe via DXB...Jump to post
dmstorm22 wrote:BOG-NRT for instance is shorter than a handful of currently operating flights.
Whether it would ever make money.....
RainerBoeing777 wrote:SIN - GRU It is possible with the Airbus A350-900ULR
Rumours were that was the original plan for EK to fly AKL-SIN-DXB but NZ/SQ got wind of it and they suddenly announced the 3rd daily AKL and so EK had to find another stopover (DPS). EK couldnt make it work against NZ/SQ 3/daily. The New Zealand-SIN market just isnt that big. Big enough for up to 6...Jump to post
airlinepeanuts wrote:Air China PTY-PEK
I think if you mean East Asia you should specify that. There's a big difference between flying to TLV which is on the western edge of Asia and flying to Japan.
You could not fly from South America non stop to Japan.
I feel like QZ should’ve offered a triangular PER-LOP-DPS-PER service which would allow for passengers to divide their trip up between the two islands without impacting return loads hugely. They could even alternate the routing on different days to allow non-stop travel in both directions to and fr...Jump to post
It's not much of an achievement isn't it? Seriously though, after flying multiple times with SQ's B787-10. I could say, my skinny asian frames feel cramped especially in the middle seat. Middle seat has never been the best seat whether you're sitting in an 18 ", 17" or 17.2 "seat. Yo...Jump to post
After spending a month in Spain last year I must say Andalusia was my favourite part. Forget Malaga - why would a US tourist want to go there ? They will want the cultural experience which is Seville- Cordoba and Granada. Nothing says you need to fly in and out of Seville. Maybe start there and work...Jump to post
What a load of journalism crap “Melbourne tipped to overtake Sydney as Australia's largest city”. That’s why airlines flirt with MEL and always end up serving SYD. EK413 " Based on current growth rates, Melbourne will overtake Sydney as the nation's most populous city in 2026. The last time Me...Jump to post
Air France to pretty much everywhere with an airport in West Africa Brussels to Congo KLM / Garuda between AMS and both Surinam and Indonesia Ethiopian to Rome British Airways high frequency to India, South Africa, Hong Kong and much of SE Africa British Airways having a franchise in South Africa L...Jump to post
Dubai is one of the most visited cities on Earth and will likely stay so. Care to quantify (with factual data) and elaborate please? Can't be more visited than LA, New York, London, Beijing, Chicago, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo to name a few. Dubai's population is just over 3 m...Jump to post
Technically, they are all breaking the forum rules in that technical discussion is only supposed to be in the technical sub-forum. But, I'm sure we are all thankful that it isn't another A-v-B back and forwards! Hence why nobody is complaining. :) You of course are absolutely right -- how this topi...Jump to post
PER-LHR is further than AKL-EWR so we know a 789 can do the distance. Question is what type of load NZ needs to make it viable.
Is there a case for a more premium configured 789 for NZ ?
Project Sunrise may dilute NZ loads due to diluting connection traffic advantage.
Link: https://www.emirates.com/media-centre/emirates-group-announces-2018-19-results Emirates announces a -69% drop in net profits for the financial year 2018-19 ending on 31mar. Net profit of the airline itself was $237m where as the Emirates Group was $631m as DNATA made the balance of $394m. Not...Jump to post
There's an interesting article on VA and VFF in today's Sydney Morning Herald- can't post link but go to the business pages and you'll see it. We should consider ourselves lucky to have 2 quality airlines like QF and VA. There's a lot of bashing of JB here but never forget he only served at the plea...Jump to post
^^ Probably puts forward one reason towards the case for them to take VAH private. The problem is a bickering shareholder board with all larger shareholders having their competing interests. Making that option least likely I have some concerns that JB may have signed up to another 10 year term of V...Jump to post
People need to remember Syd-Mel is second busiest flight path in the world. It’s one of the most lucrative travel path in one of the most wealthiest countries. And people need to take in the effect that HSR will help to mitigate of our overcrowded cities. This is a project that can’t be simply judg...Jump to post
Having looked at HSR and rail in general in Australia with new technologies, planning and finance I can say good luck. The economic case will never stack up unless the fares are so high the air will win every time. HSR in Australia is a great way of sinking money into the ground. Our population sim...Jump to post
I agree the facilities are terrible throughout Australian airports (except ADL,CBR) I certainly wouldn’t compare with the likes of China. If so we should compare their work conditions vs Australian work conditions. That’s why I’ll never trade this country for any other. EK413 See I see that as a ve...Jump to post
Instead of blaming the aircraft people need to understand how EK grew. Essentially EK got to where it is today by taking market share from other airlines with lower prices, and accepting slightly lower yields (margin) with more volume. Look at Europe/Australia traffic EK took away around 20% of tra...Jump to post
What is this UA feed you guys keep talking about? Where does EWR make sense to connect to AKL from besides small north east markets with barely any pax who’d go there anyway? I agree EWR doesn't have the connection opportunities anything like ORD,IAH,LAX or SFO. However, given UA is their partner i...Jump to post
Demand in 2018 between NYC and AKL was 31,000 passengers round trip averaging US$1200 one way with YQ included. Hence it isnt that big a p2p market segment to warrant a ULH nonstop flight. Its best first to operate the new ORD route for 3 years to see how it financially performs before experimentin...Jump to post
There is no evidence a serious increase in payload/range is in the works for the 78J - the current airframe is maxed out. The only solid info we have seen suggests there might be a very small MTOW increase available for the 789. But even with such an increase the 789 would be marginal for the more ...Jump to post
NZ are going to do what’s best for the airline, of this I’m certain, they’re a well managed business. I just hope this also meshes with what’s best for the long-haul traveller which I believe is better served by the A350 having flown both options. My guess is the needs of the long haul passenger wo...Jump to post
It’s going to be a gorgeous A350, that’s for sure. We need our resident experts to confirm whether it has the range to reach LAX... ....? 5,519 mi. ~ 10 hr flight... the A350 has more than enough range? It's already run by an A330. And an A333 at that. Just flew them last week. LAX-NAN-SYD. A332 on...Jump to post
Errrrr... yes? What's your point exactly? There is an all night Skybus, soooo.... what's your point? I'm more interested in the performance of this flight, based on the fact it appears to be at a pretty unsuitable hour. It must target pax connecting to a specific bank in Dubai, but still, yeesh! I ...Jump to post
Would VA be able to get better EDTO for their 777s these days if they wanted to restart JNB? From memory it quit the route in 2010/11. And longer ETOPS approval for the type didn't come for later - eg. NZ has operating using ETOPS330 since 2015 You're correct - the changes to Australia's EDTO rules...Jump to post
Reminds me of the restraints for a standup roller coaster. For those who aren't familiar, you sit on a saddle type device. The saddle absolutely CRUSHES "the boys" with each bump. Things I immediately notice that make me think this will never fly: • how do you reach your under-seat person...Jump to post
I think QF would have no trouble selling PER-LHR twice daily. The choice of departure and arrival times would draw passengers now flying on other airlines. Sure. No trouble selling... making a profit would be another story. For such a looooooong thin route you have to be really sure that demand for...Jump to post
80% of passengers using the Yoga studio in PER, which is way higher than expected It’s nit-picking, I know, but it’s 80% of lounge users are using the Yoga Studio, not 80% of all passengers - since only a subset of passengers get lounge access, the distinction (and presumably difference) is signifi...Jump to post
Look at Australia - China and the amount of flying being done by Chinese carriers vs. Australian carriers. Then tell me this was a fair open skies agreement. Of course it's fair. QF could fly more but chooses not too. If QF sees value in flying between Melbourne and China they will - obviously they...Jump to post